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Residential Basement Waterproofing Warning Signs

Wet Basement Water Problem

If you are not sure about there being water in your basement, these are some of the most common basement waterproofing problem signs and symptoms. While the causes vary, they could be the result of a foundation problem or improperly set up drainage in the yard. If you notice any of them, please reach out to us to set up an appointment for one of our inspectors to evaluate your basement.

Water Stains

While not every basement water stain is a serious issue, it is important to understand that there are different types of stains and each have their respective diagnosis and solution. Water stains can result from rust stains, dark mold stains, and efflorescence. While these different types of stains tell us different things, the common culprit is water intrusion.

Wet Walls

Wet walls in your basement is generally a sign of foundation water intrusion from a crack in the foundation wall and possible waterproofing system issues. There are several different repair solutions depending on the diagnosis of whether the root of the problem is a foundation issue or a waterproofing issue, or both.

Mold

Visible mold on paneling, drywall, and carpets is potentially the result of water penetration whether through foundation cracks or a failed waterproofing or drain system.

Condensation

Wet Basement Water Problem

The warmer the air is in your basement, the more moisture it can hold. When this air is cooled it often has to release moisture. Condensation can develop when you have relatively warm, moist air contacting the cool surface of the walls causing droplets to form on your basement walls. Condensation is generally observed in a humid basement where their may not be proper insulation. There are several different repair solutions for condensation depending on the diagnosis of the issue.

Wet Floor

A wet floor in your basement is generally a sign of foundation water intrusion from a crack in the foundation wall and possible waterproofing system issues. There are several different repair solutions depending on the diagnosis of whether the root of the problem is a foundation issue or a waterproofing issue, or both.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence is the migration of a salt to the surface of the concrete where it forms a coating. The process involves the dissolving of an internal salt in the concrete in water. The water migrates to the surface and evaporates, leaving behind a coating of salt. Efflorescence on concrete walls is a sign that water is entering the walls and will cause further deterioration of the concrete and steel reinforcement. Foundation repair along with basement waterproofing is generally warranted.

Sump Pump Issues

Sump pumps are designed to eject water from around and below your foundation to the exterior and away from the foundation. When sump pumps fail or aren't functioning properly they can lead to a variety of problem signs including foundation settlement, water on the floor, walls, and mold in your basement.

Musty Smell

Musty odors in your basement can be caused by a number of things, but generally are signs of mold and mildew build up. The foul smell is caused by mold and mildew building up and releasing nasty gasses. There are several different solutions depending on the diagnosis of the root of the problem issue.

Solutions

If you see any of the problems we've described here in your basement, there is no cause for panic. Our team specializes in providing homeowners with solutions to basement water issues. Please follow the link below to get more information about our basement waterproofing solutions.

Repair Solutions

Contact Us

If you've got any type of water problem in the basement, please contact us today to set up an appointment with a member of our team to investigate the problem and come up with the best repair solution for you.

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Waterproofing in Alexandria, VA
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Foundation Repair in Alexandria, VA
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